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Surprising Connection between Allergies and Oral Health: Things you should Know

allergies and oral health

Good news: spring is here! Bad news: so are allergies! Seasonal allergies have ‘sprung’ in action with sneezing, congestion and watery eyes bringing a lot of discomfort for people with allergic reactions.  And that nagging toothache that has been bothering you for long is also probably a result of allergic reaction. There is a surprising connection between allergies and oral health and here are a few things that you need to know.

Toothache: cavity or sinusitis? 

Those who are allergic to pollen and dust develop mucus in sinuses which result in throbbing toothache. Maxillary sinuses are located above the mouth. With the mounting pressure in sinuses, it also pressurizes the upper molars resulting in sensitivity to cold and hot drinks. You can also feel the pain when you move your head, lie down or stand up. If you get relief from your toothache with antihistamines, then your sinuses are to be blamed.  

Bad breath: indigestion or allergic reaction? 

When you suffer from allergies, your mouth tends to become dry as you breathe more through your mouth and less through your nose. Most antihistamines which work in an allergic reaction can result in dry mouth. Dry mouth can aggravate your gum disease, bad breath, and most importantly cavities.  With the loss of saliva, there are no calcium and phosphate minerals which can otherwise neutralize harmful acids in the mouth.  

Inadequate saliva leads to root cavities and in mature adults one can see the enhanced risk of tooth decay. In case of a sporadic outburst of allergy, consulting a dental hygienist is a must as untreated gum disease can lead to other major health hazards.  

Probe for Malocclusion: is allergies causing discomfort to your child? 

Allergic reactions in children can cause a lot of discomfort like severe toothache. Children who suffer from nasal congestions throughout the year can face the problem of malocclusion or misaligned teeth. As their nose is mostly congested, they are forced to breathe through their mouth. The activity might result in the abnormal shape of the palate leading to crooked teeth.  

One of the most recent and most promising treatments is Invisalign; these braces come without wires and metal. It has a clear plastic body which is hardly visible and can be taken out if the aligner is not required. Dental implants and porcelain veneers can help to treat your child’s crooked teeth. Do not leave allergies untreated as they may affect your child’s oral health in the long run. 

Is depression causing a sore mouth or gum disease?  

Before you treat your gum disease, try to think about the probable causes. Both stress and depression can affect our oral health in many ways than known. People who are undergoing bouts of depression often skip basic oral care routines like brushing and flossing. Even antidepressants can cause dry mouth. A common tendency during depressed phases is to reach out for drinks which contain a lot of sugar as the sugar rush works as mood elevator.  

People who have been suffering from prolonged bouts of allergic reactions are often depressed which may cause major disruption in their oral care routine. Ask any oral hygienist, and he will tell you that if you suffer from allergic problems, you should not neglect your oral health. 

Precautions for your oral health and stop allergy influx 

The best possible way to combat a dry mouth is to stay hydrated. A hydrated body flushes out the harmful excess mucus from the body offering relief from nasal congestion. Even when you have a sever case of allergy, it should not hamper your regular routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. When you experience dry mouth, you should brush at least twice a day followed by flossing.  

Most importantly, talk to your dentist to avoid all the possible triggers for seasonal allergies. Once you know about the connection between allergies and oral health, you will think about prolonged treatments.

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